Andy Dickes's Blog

03 Aug 2021

National Coin Week Blog Contest...

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Dear ANA member bloggers,I'm sorry this post is so long in coming. Thanks to all of you who participated in the 2021 National Coin Week blog contest. It was fun seeing your knowledge and collections relating to Money, Big & Bold.Congratulations to Long Beard and user_28318 for being selected as grand prize winners. Everyone who participated receives a prize; if you haven't done so already, please send your username, name and address to ncw@money.org. I will be acquiring prizes at the World's Fair of Money next week; if you are at the show, ask for Andy at admissions.Thanks again for your involvement in National Coin Week!

11 Mar 2021

2021 National Coin Week, "Money, BIG & BOLD"

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Dear ANA members,National Coin Week is April 18-24. This year's theme is "Money, BIG & BOLD," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan dollar and first Peace dollar, and the 50th anniversary of the Eisenhower dollar. The eventwillfocus on bold leadership and ideas that have impacted our coins and paper money throughout history.

17 Feb 2020

National Coin Week, April 19-25

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Dear ANA members,National Coin Week is April 19-25. This year's theme is "Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the vital contributions of women in numismatics and society.

05 Aug 2019

NCW coin design submission: a plant formula to end world hunger

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

A submission from Young Numismatist Adam Ostrander, who imagines a plant formula that combats poverty and world hunger

18 Jul 2019

NCW coin design submission: Finding A Cure

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Here's a nice coin design submission from Young Numismatist Luke Daniel, who envisions finally discovering a cure for cancer.

16 Jul 2019

2019 National Coin Week design contest

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. 2019 National Week honored this achievement by focusing on discovery and invention, and received some great responses to a design contest for a U.S. commemorative coin from 50 years from now in 2069.Here's an interesting submission from ANA member John Johnson about a silver dollar commemorating the first contact with an alien civilization:US Mint Press Release:25th Anniversary of the First Contact with an Alien Civilization Silver Dollar ProgramOn July 1st 2044, the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico picked up the first identifiable signal from an alien civilization. Dr. Hana Johnson, University of Central Florida, and lead astronomer at the Arecibo site, recalls that day during a recent interview with Nasa News Reporter, Emory Blaidsdeall. "It was about 4:30 AM when one of our grad students, Rebekah Craft, rang me up and told me a very unusual broadcast was coming from the vicinity of Alpha Centauri. I threw on some clothes and drove quickly to the telescope site."Upon arrival, I noted that an obvious mathematical proof was being broadcast continuously along with other signals clearly coming from an intelligent species. Over the next few months, we were able to decipher additional mathematical proofs and we were able to send our own signal back. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has now turned into Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI) and our ability to understand our Alpha Centauri friends continues to grow."The US Mint and CETI are proud to introduce the Silver Anniversary of Extraterrestrial Contact with a stunning new Commemorative Dollar. The Obverse of the Dollar shows the Arecibo Dish with signals arriving from distant Alpha Centauri, the dual date 2044-2069, Liberty, and In God We Trust. The Reverse of the First Contact Dollar shows the control room of the Arecibo site with Dr. Johnson sitting at a terminal listening intently to the sounds of first contact.

24 May 2019

National Coin Week Design Contest, Grand Prize Winner

National Coin Week | Andy Dickes

Congratulations to Young Numismatist Jeremy Sheng, who won the grand prize in the 2019 National Coin Week design contest. Here is his winning submission:


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